- NBCSN to air daily 30-minute highlight show, with a replay aired the next day
- Defending champion Carlsen playing Nepomniachtchi for US$2.36m prize
Highlights of Magnus Carlsen’s 2021 World Championship Match against Ian Nepomniachtchi will be broadcast in the US on the NBCSN pay-TV network after the International Chess Federation (FIDE) agreed a rights deal with the Comcast-owned media giant.
NBCSN will produce a daily 30-minute highlights show across the length of the 14-game series between Carlsen, the reigning world champion from Norway, and Russian challenger Nepomniachtchi. The series commences on November 26th, with each highlights show being replayed the following day, ensuring an hour of chess coverage for every night of the match.
Initially scheduled for 2020, the match will see the two chess Grandmasters compete for a US$2.36 million prize.
Emil Sutovsky, FIDE director general, said: “They say – chess is gaining momentum – our aim is to take public interest in chess to an entirely new level, when we could speak of a global regular audience and sustainable growth.
“There is no better way to start such an ambitious project, than to have the major event of chess calendar, the World Championship Match on the major US network for three weeks running.”
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